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Famous People from Potter County Texas
John Ayers was born April 14, 1953 in Carrizo
Springs Texas. He played college football at West Texas A&M
University in Canyon and went on to play as an NFL offensive
lineman from 1977 through 1987 for the San Francisco 49's
and the Denver Broncos.
Thomas Austin Preston, Jr. (December 31, 1928 –
April 29, 2012, known as Amarillo Slim, was a professional gambler known for his poker
skills and proposition bets . . .
more about Amarillo Slim
Babb (Theodore Adolphus Babb)
In September of 1865
thirteen-year-old T. A. "Dot" Babb was abducted by
Comanches and adopted into their tribe. After years
of captivity he was returned. He spent the last 30
years of his life in Amarillo and is buried in
Randall County . . . this is
Born January 16, 1974 in Amarillo,
Texas, he attended Caprock High School with well
known UFC fighter Evan Tanner. Buentello is a
professional mixed martial artist . . .
Caldwell was born in Amarillo Texas
on January 20, 1951. She is the former chief book
critic for The Boston Globe, winner of the 2001
Pulitzer Prize and author of A Strong West Wind,
a memoir of life growing up on the Texas Panhandle .
. . more about Caldwell
Born Tula Ellice Finklea March 8,
1922 in Amarillo, Texas. Her dance talents led her
to stardom in multiple Hollywood musicals . . .
more about Cyd
Born August 29, 1976 in Floydada Texas. he
was the defensive coordinator for his father and former West
Texas A&M University head coach, Don Carthel, from 2006 to
2012 in Canyon Texas. .
. . more
about Colby Carthel
Born in Amarillo, Texas July 28,
1911. During her career Doran appeared in more than
500 motion pictures and 1,000 episodes of television
shows . . . more about Ann
Born in Amarillo February 9, 1947, Ely spent his formative years
from age 12 in Lubbock, Texas, and attended Monterey High School
more about Joe Ely
Ron Ely was born in Hereford Texas on
June 21, 1938. He was raised in Amarillo where he
attended Amarillo High School. Best known for his
portrayal of Tarzan in 1966. Now retired from
acting, Ely is a successful novelist and has written
two mystery novels featuring private eye Jake Sands:
Night Shadows and East Beach. . . .
Gilmore is a native
of the Texas Panhandle, born May 6, 1945 in Amarillo and
raised in Tulia and Lubbock, Texas, he is a musician, actor, and
Howard D. Graves
Howard Graves graduated from Amarillo
High School in 1957. . . . more about
After he received his Bachelor of
Arts degree in history from West Texas Normal
College in Canyon, Texas Haley was named field
secretary of the Panhandle-Plains Historical
Society. He was a Texas political activist,
historian and author . . .
William Curry Holden
An author, ranch historian, radio commentator,
educator, and public official from the Texas
Panhandle who was known informally in her later
years as "Miss Amarillo", a reference to her
adopted city of Amarillo, Texas . . .
more about Laura Hamner
Holden studied Texas history at West Texas
Normal College (now West Texas A&M University) in Canyon, Texas. In 1937 he became the first
director of the Museum of Texas Tech University in Lubbock Texas.
authored . . .
Rick Husband was born July 12, 1957
in Amarillo Texas. A graduate of Amarillo High
School and Texas Tech, he was an astronaut and
traveled into space twice. He died on his second
mission when the Columbia disintegrated over Texas
during reentry into the Earth's atmosphere.
Born in Amarillo April 28, 1930, Carolyn attended
Amarillo High School.
career ran from 1952 to 1979. Best known for her
role as Morticia in the Addams Family, she
won an Academy Award for her role in The Bachelor Party
in 1957 and a Golden Globe Award in 1958 . . .
Dutch was a popular wrestler and actor in the
late 1800s and early 1900s. He first visited Amarillo
while on tour in 1906. Mantell made Amarillo his permanent
home In 1925 and helped promote Cal Farley's Wun-Stop-Duzzit
tire business . . . here's his
Born in Matador, Texas in 1947. He played for
West Texas A&M in Canyon Texas. He was a linebacker for the Miami Dolphins
from 1969 to 1973 and played in three Super Bowls.
more about Powell
He enrolled in what is now West Texas A&M
University in Canyon Texas and worked as a cowboy on ranches
in the area while continuing his education until 1962 . . .
Evan Tanner was born in Amarillo,
Texas February 11, 1971. A graduate of Caprock High
School, he was a mixed martial arts fighter, former
UFC Middleweight Champion and the first American to
win the Pancrase Neo-Blood tournament in Tokyo,
Born in Amarillo March 27, 1966 Paula
Trickey has starred in many TV movies and popular television series. She is known for her
role on the series Pacific Blue